Category: Black History News

Former First Lady Michelle Obama On What A Gracious Presidential Transition Looked Like In 2016

CHICAGO — Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama has slammed President Donald Trump and his administration’s refusal to allow the transition to go forward in a social media post shared earlier today. “I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your […]

Wall Street Investors Celebrate President-Elect Joe Biden Winning On Saturday

NEW YORK — Investors and financial executives breathed a sigh of relief on Saturday after major networks declared Democrat Joe Biden the winner of the presidential election, offering some certainty after days of conflicting reports about who might run the White House next term. Although current President Donald Trump said he would fight the results […]

Mostly Black Town In Puerto Rico Sees Its Own Past In The Death Of George Floyd

LOIZA — As evening fell over Puerto Rico, hundreds gathered at a vigil for George Floyd recently in Loíza, a coastal town home to one of the island’s largest Black communities. Crowds congregated at el Ancón, a pier named after the retired barge it once housed, which crossed loiceños and their cars over the Rio […]

Governor Bryan Expresses Condolences On Death Of Crucian Icon Ann Abramson

CHRISTIANSTED – Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. issued the following statement today on the death of Ann E. Abramson: “Our community has lost an icon and a prominent historical figure. Mrs. Abramson was a trailblazer for Crucian women in business and politics and was indeed a pillar of the Frederiksted community.” “Her life and her many […]

Virgin Islands Celebrates Two Important Holidays Back-To-Back

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The people of the territory paid tribute to the “fortitude and perseverance of enslaved Africans in the former Danish West Indies on the 171st anniversary of the abolition of slavery” on Wednesday.  Emancipation Day activities will be followed by the commemoration of the Declaration of Independence of the thirteen colonies, now the United States of America, from the […]

Lawsuit: State of Georgia Discriminates Against Puerto Rican Driver’s License Applicants

ATLANTA — A federal lawsuit filed today says Georgia is discriminating against Puerto Rican driver’s license applicants by treating them differently than other U.S. citizen applicants — forcing them to take tests, seizing their documents for fraud reviews and quizzing them on details about the island. The suit was filed in Atlanta on behalf of […]

A Brief History of The Loredon L. Boynes Sr. Dock In Cruz Bay, St. John: VIPA

CRUZ BAY — The Loredon L. Boynes Sr. Dock is located at the heart of Love City and is the primary ferry dock on St. John. Since the island has no airport, its seaports are critical to the community and businesses on the island. The Virgin Islands Port Authority said it has plans to expand […]

V.I. Video Wins Best Film In Category at 3rd Annual Oregon Documentary Film Festival

PORTLAND — A documentary film about U.S. Virgin Islands soldiers who served during the Korean War has won best film in category at the Oregon Documentary Film Festival. The 30-minute video called: “Proudly We Served: Virgin Islands Veterans of the Korean War”, a documentary short produced on behalf of the American Legion, District 10 beat […]

Gov. Bryan, First Family Move In To Government House In Christiansted

CHRISTIANSTED – For the first time in 30 years, a Virgin Islands governor and his family are living full time in the historic Government House in the northeast town on St. Croix. Governor Bryan said first lady Yolanda Bryan and daughter Sumayah are excited about the privilege of living in the “people’s house.”  Aliyah Bryan, […]

Governor Albert Bryan Commemorates Virgin Islands History Month

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. issued the following statement in commemoration of Virgin Islands History Month established in 2006 by Act 6802: “Each year in March, we recognize the extraordinary history and culture of our Virgin Islands and the achievements and contributions of its people,” Bryan said. “As Virgin Islanders it is important we […]